Bulgaria undermines economic development

In Bulgaria rules are often strange but worse is that they are often an obstacle to business developments in the country. Good example of this are freelance contracts or that is the absence of them in the Tax Code. In most countries freelance contracts are like a contract with a company. The freelancer provides specific services to a company or an individual at a certain price and provides an invoice for it. The buyer of the service pays the invoice and that is end of their part in the financial aspect. The freelancer like a company then pays taxes and other mandatory fees to the state and/or municipality. In Bulgaria it does not work like this except for probably 5-6 professions. If a company in Bulgaria makes a freelance contract it has to deal with the payment similar as it would with a person on a labour contract such as withhold taxes and social security and then pay those to the tax authority. Basically freelance contract is not a freelance contract as much as a labour contract without fixed salary or fixed working hours.

Bulgarian public schools keep Bulgarians down

Very often I hear about the teaching in public schools in Bulgaria and often the stories are not nice. You might think that the teachers and the management of the schools are either incompetent or perceive their role to be to break down the students. Recent examples I have come …

Is E-government possible in Bulgaria?

At first we might think that the answer should be yes, after all nothing is impossible. After living and working in Bulgaria for close to 6 years I am not so sure. There have been several initiatives to set up e-government in Bulgaria but are not really successful. To me …

The holy labour contract

In Bulgaria things are strange in many ways. The public administration is ineffective guided by strange and contradictory rules which no one seems to object to or require to be changed. People complain to themselves but for most part that is the end of it. There is no protests for …

Bulgaria needs a process of reforms, not a quick fix

Bulgaria is far behind of making its system really democratic. What can be done? Or is Bulgaria meant to be stuck in the same position year after year? Will Bulgarians be complaining about the same crazy system in 10 years? Hopefully not but for this the country needs a constructive and continuous process of reforms. It has to be a process of small changes over the next 10-15 years. Not large scale fix.

Missed opportunities for reforms … are we too late?

From time to time we get an golden opportunity to reform our systems such as the civil service or economic systems in our country. In most cases the opportunity is lost and therefore reforms become more difficult. But does that mean that reforms are impossible? Or that all hope is lost?